So the question is "Radio Shack: Still Relevant for Neighborhood Engineers?".
The answer is No and they haven't been for a long time. Unless you want to buy a cell phone and stand around for 45 minutes waiting for the clerk to setup your account then there's probably not much for you at RS, at least not for the engineering gang. I worked at RS back in high school and long gone are the days of restocking those clear blister-packs onto pegboard while drooling over 4004 CPUs and expensive Monsanto red LEDs. Maybe long gone too are the days when kids really enjoyed building, experimenting and learning about electronics; now it's just about loading the most current game app on their Smartphone.
Here's a secret that maybe some of you don't know about, those customers that showed up only once a month to collect their free battery - jokingly they were referred to as "Shack-ee's"
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